LUBBOCK, TX - Senate Bill 4, authored by Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry, was passed Wednesday by the Texas Legislature and goes to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature into law.
SB4 would ban sanctuary cities in Texas. The bill has been controversial and the Lubbock County Democratic Party on Wednesday retweeted someone else’s message calling SB4 “racist and dangerous to all Texans.”
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick had a different view.
Patrick said, “This legislation will eliminate a substantial incentive for illegal immigration and help make Texas communities safer.”
Patrick said, “In the past six years, criminal aliens have been charged with more than 566,000 crimes in Texas including kidnapping, homicide, burglary and much more.”
Perry said, “I promised to uphold rule of law and keep our communities and schools safe. [SB4] accomplishes this goal! Thank you to all who helped!”
The official Texas Legislature website provided a summary of SB4.
It said, “[SB4] would prohibit local government entities and campus police from adopting certain types of policies, patterns, or practices that prohibit the enforcement of state or federal immigration law.”
There are exceptions for hospital districts and school districts.
The legislature’s website also said that generally speaking, local governments cannot consider race, color, religion, language, or national origin when enforcing immigration laws.
An offense under SB4 could result in the loss of state funding for a local government. Or, an offense could be charged as a Class A misdemeanor.
Governor Abbott expressed support for ending sanctuary cities. He is expected to sign the bill.
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